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Re: [RC] Feeding hay on the ground - Sky Ranch

I've fed hay off the ground for years and years also (since 1972), and have
never had any impact colics, or in fact any colics other than one mild
stress colic after a very hot and steep, high altitude (10,000 ft) ctr ride.
Nothing due to impactions (and like Amber, I'm knocking on wood!)

Maybe I've been lucky, maybe not.  I think it's not luck.  Remember, horses
do graze off the ground a lot, and in the dry west, they're eating right in
the dirt all the time when they're grazing the sparse pasture.  So do wild
horses, btw.  I think they can also get sand and grit from muddy water, too,
wouldn't you think?  I've seen horses drink from very muddy ponds, streams,
etc.  That's silt in the water.... they seem to like the taste, too! and
usually seem to prefer to drink out of an algae-rich, muddy pond than out of
a clean, chlorinated bucket.

Carla Richardson


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[RC] Feeding hay on the ground, Kristi Schaaf